from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang Strong liquor, especially whiskey.

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  • n. High proof alcohol, especially whiskey (especially in the context of its sale to or consumption by Native Americans).
  • n. High temperature hydraulic condensate discharged from industrial boilers.

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  • n. any strong spirits (such as strong whisky or rum)


Translation of Ojibwa ishkodewaaboo, whiskey.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
fire +‎ water, a calque of Ojibwe ishkodewaaboo ("alcohol"), from ishkode ("fire") + aaboo ("liquid”, glossed in older works as “water"). (Wiktionary)



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